Penn 50, Princeton 48
Any roundup of Saturday’s Ivy action has to include Penn’s white-knuckle win over Princeton on the women’s side. Penn (10-2, 1-0 Ivy) prevailed for its home win over Princeton (11-4, 0-1) since 2008 by shutting down the Tigers defensively, holding Princeton to just one field goal in the final 4:16 and turning the Tigers away twice in the final eight seconds of the game. Junior center Sydney Stipanovich finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three assists for the Quakers, who Princeton to 17-for-62 (27.4 percent) shooting with a formidable 2-3 zone that Princeton coach Courtney Banghart curiously called a “junior high school” level zone after the game.
Super proud for our team. Resilient , determined and played together. Loved our effort. Special shoutout to our 2-3 zone👍👍!!
— Mike Mclaughlin (@MikeMcLaughli) January 10, 2016
Harvard 77, Dartmouth 70 The Crimson (7-8, 1-0) ended the game on a 14-8 run in the final 3:23, powered by senior guard Agunwa Okolie’s 10 points in that span. Okolie notched 29 points on 9-for-11 shooting, and fellow senior guard Patrick Steeves shook off a hyperextended right knee injury to post 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including four three-pointers. Sophomore guard Miles Wright and freshman forward Evan Boudreaux combined for 44 of Dartmouth’s 70 points, and Wright stood out especially on the defensive end of the floor for the Big Green (4-9, 0-1), posting four steals and three blocks. Harvard stuck to its formula, relying on three-pointers (from Steeves) and solid second-half defense.
Apparently no one told Harvard about Miles Wright. — Brad Hinshelwood (@hinshelthree) January 9, 2016
Princeton 73, Penn 71 (OT)
The Tigers (10-4, 1-0) got a win they absolutely had to have, but they were taken to the absolute limit by a Quakers (6-8, 0-1) squad without sophomore guard Antonio Woods, who was announced as academically ineligible for the rest of the season just hours before tip-off.
Princeton sophomore guard Amir Bell excelled early and often, eventually notching 28 points, two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block before leaving the game late in regulation with an apparent head injury. It was freshman guard Devin Cannady, though, who hit an off-kilter floater with 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. Penn led 64-53 with 3:24 remaining in regulation.
There may have been a few questionable calls that went against Penn down the stretch, but needless to say, Princeton won the game in its own right by successfully trapping Quakers out of their comfort zone and hitting nine of its last 10 free throws. (Princeton did not score a field goal in overtime, but outscored Penn 7-5 in the extra period solely with foul shots.)
Penn fans should be heartened by the play of freshman guard Jake Silpe, who in 42 minutes posted 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds before fouling out, displaying excellent court awareness throughout the game despite missing a crucial free throw with 34 seconds left in regulation and committing two crucial turnovers in overtime.
Tigers not named Amir Bell shot just 29.8 percent from the floor, a clip that will have to get better as Ivy play progresses. The Penn-Princeton rivalry, when taking into account both the women’s and men’s sides, is still going strong.
A Win is a Win. Period. #1-0
— Spencer Weisz (@S_Weisz973) January 10, 2016
In “not really fair” business, Brown and Columbia defeated Division III Daniel Webster and USCAA Division II Central Penn College, respectively.